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Conservation on the Prairies

South Puget Sound is home to Washington's rarest habitat

The Nature Conservancy in Washington's South Puget Sound team, led by Pat Dunn.

Savannas of grasslands and Garry Oak were once a common site in South Puget Sound.

Today, only three percent of our native prairies remain in Washington. Grasslands are among the least protected and most threatened habitat types on Earth.

Pat Dunn started the Conservancy's South Puget Sound program nearly two decades ago. He continues to lead conservation work in the prairies today.

The Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, a threatened species, is one of many creatures that depend on the prairies of South Puget Sound.

The Conservancy has long relied on volunteers to complete important conservation work in the prairies. Pictured here are Mike and Marion Jarisch.

A close-up of Spring Gold on the prairies.

Each year, families from around the Sound are invited to attend Prairie Appreciation Day, a volunteer-run event in celebration of this rare habitat.

Each spring, the prairies light up with color as wildflowers come into bloom.

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